Weekly Editorial

10 Key Strategies for Workplace Wellness

Written By Rob Kirkbride, Editor-in-chief, OI Publications • November 6, 2023

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Today, I want to chat about health and wellness and some initiatives you might consider to boost your own healthy workplace. Health and wellness are topics that have gained significance in recent years as the pandemic forced everyone to rethink what makes a workplace healthy.

In the past, a healthy workplace was a “nice to have” option for employees. Now, potential employees are considering just how healthy your workplace is as an important factor when they are weighing job offers.

Health and wellness isn’t just about providing a gym or healthy office snack, though both are important as part of a much larger plan. Health and wellness is the total package that includes physical, mental and even financial health considerations.

So what are some things to consider when creating a health and wellness program at your company? I am certainly no health guru, so I scoured the web to look for ideas. After looking at dozens of healthcare-related websites, here’s what I found.

10 Ideas for Health and Wellness Plans at Work

  1. Employee Fitness Programs: Offer on-site fitness classes, gym memberships, or access to fitness facilities to encourage physical activity among employees.

  2. Healthy Eating Initiatives: Promote healthy eating by providing nutritious snacks, organizing healthy cooking workshops, or offering subsidized healthy meal options in the workplace café.

  3. Stress Management Workshops: Conduct workshops and training sessions on stress management, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to help employees cope with workplace stress.

  4. Mental Health Support: Provide access to confidential counseling services and mental health resources, and promote awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

  5. Health Screenings: Offer regular health check-ups, screenings, and vaccinations to help employees monitor their health and catch potential issues early.

  6. Ergonomic Workspace: Ensure that workstations are ergonomically designed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal problems and provide ergonomic assessments for employees.

  7. Wellness Challenges: Organize friendly competitions or challenges related to fitness, healthy eating, or other wellness goals to engage and motivate employees.

  8. Flexible Work Arrangements: Offer flexible working hours, telecommuting options, or compressed workweeks to promote work-life balance.

  9. Smoking Cessation Programs: Support employees in their efforts to quit smoking by offering cessation programs, resources, and a smoke-free workplace.

  10. Financial Wellness Education: Provide financial wellness workshops and resources to help employees manage their finances effectively and reduce financial stress.

These ideas can be tailored to suit your company’s size, budget, and the specific needs and preferences of your employees. A comprehensive health and wellness program can help create a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce.

By creating a health and wellness package, employers can set themselves apart from the competition, which is important as competition for the best and brightest employees remains fierce. Plus, it is the right thing to do. Employees deserve a healthy workplace. They will repay you by being loyal, productive and healthy employees.

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